A HARARE woman, Vida Nyaradzi, has approached the civil courts seeking a protection order against her husband who has been battering her after the couple contracted a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
BY NQOBILE NKIWANE
Nyaradzi told the court that her husband, Robert Djoko, was in the habit of assaulting her and at one point he almost killed her.
In his response, Djoko admitted to beating Nyaradzi, but said it was only after they got an STI whose source the couple could not explain.
“I only started assaulting her after discovering that we had had an STI of which none of us could admit to have brought it,” Djoko said.
Nyaradzi admitted to have been diagnosed with an STI, but said she did not know where it came from.
“I am the one who was diagnosed with the STI at the hospital and have since been treated,” Nyaradzi said.
Presiding magistrate Barbara Mateko proceeded to grant the protection order in Nyaradzi’s favour and ordered Djoko not to physically or verbally assault his wife for the next five years.
“You must learn to solve your issues peacefully as husband and wife,” Mateko said.